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Sneak a peak at what our Hurstville team have been reading!

 

Love a good book? So do our team at Hurstville.
Check out what they've been reading...

 

Worlds of You by Beau Taplin:

Worlds of You by Beau Taplin is an inspiring and empowering poetry book separated into two parts: Love and Spirit both offering insight and comfort.
Beau Taplin was previously a songwriter and I feel that definitely gives him an edge that other poets just don't have. Every poem and prose has an easy, lyrical flow and as you read each one you can really feel the emotion from the author.
This book is just absolutely beautiful. The cover art, the feel of the cover, the simplicity and of course Beau's unique way of words are all stunning. I finished reading this book over a month ago but I'm not ready to put it on my shelf just yet. I still have it sitting on my bedside table so I can easily pick it up and flick through it often!- Bel

Ah Well, Nobody's Perfect by Molly Meldrum:

There once was a boy from Quambatook called Ian Meldrum, who moved to the city, got a job in a bank, and then became Molly, a music legend, writing for Go-Set, producing 'The Real Thing' & providing the soundtrack to our lives on Countdown & Hey,Hey It's Saturday.
Ian "Molly" Meldrum is an absolute legend! I laughed my head off with the funny & outrageosly silly antics Molly has put himself,family & friends through.
A must read for any music tragic like myself who remembers the good 'ol days of Countdown & Hey,Hey!!- Sal

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas:

Inspired by the Black Matter movement,this is a powerful & gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice. This book is a fantastic read that has a relevant message for our time. -Lara

 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes:

A beautifully, heart-warming, gut-wrenching story of adventure, love and determination. When colourful, bright, ordinary Louisa Clark meets stubborn, moody, wheelchair-bound Will Traynor, neither are prepared for the way their lives would change -Katie

 

The Dry by Jane Harper:

Australian crime fiction alw1ys has a unique feel to it, from the familiar characters to the slang. The setting too, like many Scandinavian crime novels, is incredibly unique – the vast expanses of the Outback are often as much a character as the detective or the suspects. With her debut novel, Jane Harper uses this with aplomb. Despite the land being so open and free, the heat of a drought and judging eyes of a small town give the writing a sense of intense claustrophobia. The Dry is home to many crime fiction tropes – the lone wolf detective, the small town with big secrets, a parallel mystery stemming from the protagonists childhood – but Harper makes them feel unique with the distinct Australian tinge. There are plot points that could occur no where other than the Australian outback, and the main character of Aaron Falk is gruff, hardworking and honest – decidedly Aussie values. The clever buildup of the investigation will keep you turning the pages, and the writing knows exactly when to speed up and slow down. There’s a reason The Dry has won so many awards – don’t miss it! - Jamie

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Check Out QBD Campbelltown’s Reading Recommendations!

 

Our Campbelltown team have leaped into the Spotlight this week with their fabulous reading recommendations! There's a book for everyone in this great list:

Mirror Sydney by Vanessa Berry:

The idea of an alternate city is an alluring one, explored by writers like China Mieville and Neil Gaiman in fiction, and you can step through the looking-glass for real in Sydney too, if you just look closely enough.

'Mirror Sydney' takes us on a journey through a city of oddities and follies; ghost signs, murals, abandoned shops, subterranean spaces,derelict amusement parks, memories and lost places. It is another world of wonder and ordinary strangeness, in plain sight to thousands of people every day but barely noticed on our busy way to our destinations. Vanessa's dedication to urban exploration is astonishing, and her keen eye and curiosity lead her to discover and share stories that not many of us know, which not only makes this a fascinating read but also an important document of small histories left behind in a rapidly changing city.

This is one of the best books I've read about Sydney, an alternative guidebook to the city and suburbs that shows a refreshingly different and infinitely more interesting place than that portrayed in glossy travel magazines. I love that it is written in a way that makes me feel as if I am right there exploring the city with the author, and the zine-style hand-drawn illustrations peppered throughout the book just add to the charm of it all. If you love people-watching and notice little quirky things and wonder why they are they way they are, then you will also love 'Mirror Sydney'.

QBD Bookalike: Delia Falconer's 'Sydney' is a memoir/history of the Emerald City in a similar vein, a bittersweet love-letter filled with nostalgia and exploration of Sydney's darkness as well as its bright sheen. - Marica

Bloodline by Claudia Gray:

I'm a sucker for Star Wars so I had to get my hands on this book. Claudia Gray's Bloodline tells the story of Princess Leia and her struggle to come to terms with the fact that she is Darth Vader's daughter while juggling her marriage to the infamous Han Solo and her demanding position as senator in the galactic senate. I was always curious about how Leia must have felt having Darth Vader as her father and this book saved me the trouble. There are awesome new characters as well as our old favourites. New worlds are explored and many new dangers present themselves. Princess Leia is brave, independent and wiser than ever before and is pushed to the very limit - will she overcome? May the Force be with us because this book is out of this world - literally! A must read for any Star Wars fan. - Jade

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins:

Stephanie Perkins definitely succeeded with writing a thrilling and gory novel inspired by 90s slasher teen movies. There's Someone Inside Your House is filled with a cute romance that will make you have butterflies in your stomach whilst also making you want to vomit out those butterflies from the graphic depictions of mutilated and dismembered bodies as a result of murder. Overall, this novel will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions as you fangirl over the main couple and use your detective skills to uncover who the murderer is and when they will next strike. - Beth

Love Simon by Becky Albertalli:

'Love Simon', originally known as 'Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda', by Becky Albertalli, is a hilariously fun and infinitely adorable book that will make you laugh, cry and feel all tingly inside just because of how cute this book truly is. It's a classic Young Adult high school love story but with a LGBTQIA+ spin to it, which is what makes this book so incredibly special and one of the first of its kind. Not only that, but it's also the base material of the amazing new movie 'Love Simon', which has already made a huge impact worldwide for being one of the first 'mainstream' LGBTQIA+ movies.

'Love Simon' tells the story of 16-year-old Simon who is gay, but hasn't told anyone yet. He secretly emails with another guy whose pen name is Blue and they discuss everything from their feelings and thoughts about being gay to which flavour Oreo is the best. But when one of these emails is discovered by someone, Simon is blackmailed into doing something he doesn't particularly want to do, otherwise his sexual identity will become known by anyone. This spurs a series of events that will keep you entertained from start to finish with relatable characters, awkward moments, and just a whole bunch of cute and fluffy feelings all rolled into one extraordinary book. - 5 Stars - Ella

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi:

For a debut novel, Tomi Adeyemi has done amazingly. There was so much hype surrounding this book and it lived up to all of it. A beautiful, vibrant and magical book about people rebelling against their oppressors. There are so many parts of the book that I love but the characters are my absolute favourite. They're so well written with great back stories and even better character development. I could not recommend this book more than I already do. 5 Stars!! - Maria

Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski:

Sapkowski's writing is a marvel to behold, his style is as unique as his characters. I found this book gripping in a way few other books have been for me and would recommend it to those getting into reading again or who are already established fans of fiction or fantasy. - Lachlan

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QBD Carindale’s Latest Reads

 

Today our Carindale team are in the hot seat, telling us all about what they've been reading.
If you're looking for a great new read, they have you sorted! Check out these fantastic suggestions:

When Breath becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi:

Not my typical read but it was unputdownable. Definitely a book everyone should read. It was pretty real and confronting how your life could be so perfect one day and then just comes crashing down the next. You really do feel what Paul Kalanithi is going through. I mean what do you do when your life is catastrophically interrupted ??? - Michelle

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas:

Tower of Dawn was a book I’m sure a lot of people have read and raved about, so now it’s my turn.
I might have taken my time but each page was an adventure and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. This book was so beautiful and filled in so many holes and is just another step closer to the end of the series. By the end of the book, I was not ready to leave the world Sarah J Maas had created and the characters, new and old, she wrote about.
This book just killed me it was so good! I’m dying to read the next one! - Taylah

Unbreakable by Jelena Dokic:

Do not judge another's life until you have walked a mile in their shoes. This to me is the basis of Jelena's story. For Jelena to have survived her father's emotional and violent abuse and to have reached number 4 in the WTA rankings is a testament to her strength of character. This raw and honest account of her life is awe inspiring and uplifting whether one is a tennis aficionado or not. - Gina

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek:

A very insightful book about people behaviour, social mindset and modern company cultures. It ties in nicely concepts of human psychology with the biological mechanisms inside us to give an explanation of human behaviours and how to deal with them. Recommend to everyone working in an organisation today but especially those that lead or aim at leading an organisation some day. -Charles

On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The story centres on an annual war game between neighbouring boarding schools. There’s rumours of a mystical tunnel connecting pivotal territory, and the teachers could be linked to crimes of the past. This book is filled with fun and adventure, and is told with Marchetta’s trademark warmth and amazing characterisation. With mysteries of the past to be solved, and a new love story just beginning, you won’t want to stop reading! - Belinda

Woman in the window by A.J. Finn:

It has been described at 'suspenseful thriller' or 'page-turning' and 'twisted' - yes I would use those words to describe this novel, but with less enthusiasm.
It was suspenseful enough that I wanted to know what Anna Fox knew and what lies and truths would come out and how some events would turn out.
At first it's slow and took a while for me to actually get into it and be even a little more excited about the plot.
I would recommend it for anyone wanting a thriller and mystery to keep them going - but it's not something I'd put on top of my 'Must Read' list. - Cassandra

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green:

As a hardcore John Green fan, I bought this book without even reading the blurb – knowing I would love it if his previous novels are anything to go off. This book outdid my expectations and I connected with it more than I thought I could! Don’t get me wrong, it is intense, confronting and taps into some of the less spoken about issues of today’s teens – but Green has written this novel in a way that connects with its readers and doesn’t conceal the truth. Young adults looking for a novel that is raw and real – this ones for you. Tia

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness:

‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’ by Patrick Ness is the first novel in his ‘Chaos Walking’ series. The novel is a pure literary feat and commands attention from the first chapter with perhaps some of the most intriguing first lines I have ever read. In this compelling coming of age tale, Todd Hewitt is born into ‘New World’ , a world where everyone can hear each other’s thoughts and men are simply ‘chaos walking’. However, after an isolated event alters the course of his life, he quickly learns not to believe everything he has been told. The novel can get a little dark in parts but I have never felt for two characters so deeply as I have for Todd and Viola in the Chaos Walking series. I cannot recommend this series enough. - Kara

Pacific Fair’s Heart Warmers

Our Pacific Fair team have picked out a few heart-warming reads for you to snuggle up with!

Including one for your furry best friend!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows:

This is a warm, funny, tender and thoroughly entertaining story, that actually has you experiencing every emotion. It affirms that the power of books do indeed nourish our minds and proves that reading brings people together. I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it. 5 stars. - Jo

Heart Thoughts: A Treasury of Inner Wisdom by Louise L Hay:

This uplifting book "heart thoughts" by Louise L Hay, is such an inspiring beauitful medicine with little quotes and messages."Make this your new motto: I go for the joy! Life is here for me to enjoy today!". When the storms roll into our lives we need some sunshine. This book definitely can relate to us all and open our hearts to small things we forget in this everyday life. 5 stars.- Ane

What Dogs Want by Arden Moore:

What Dogs Want by Arden Moore
An interesting and sometimes funny look into your fur babies mind, along with some great photos it also has information from vets who give you some insight into what is going on in there heads and bodies. The section on how to respond is great and easy to follow, if only children came with the same information book. 4.5 stars - Karen

Lang Leav's Poetry:

Lang Leav writes poetry that will stay with you forever. She mixes in beautiful language with unique illustrations to create a masterpiece. About love, life and everything in the universe, there's bound to be a Lang Leav poem for everyone. All of her poetry collections offer something different so you'll never get bored. Highly recommended for fans of Insta-poets like Rupi Kaur and Beau Taplin. 4.5 stars - Annie

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Check Out Charlestown’s Latest Reads!

 
Check out all the great books our Charlestown team have been reading!

A Dogs Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron:

This book is about 'mans best friend' but with a spin...it is told entirely through the dogs eyes.
The best part though is the fact that throughout the book the dog gets reincarnated a few times and as the reader you get to experience what life is like for a dog in a number of circumstances and how these may play a part in the dogs experiences in life. I will admit...I did cry (a couple of times.)
Your heart strings will be pulled (tugged hard in some places.) We’ve all had a best friend who identified in the canine or feline persuasion so we can all relate to what the book is trying to say, whilst giving us a new angle of the story to consider. A fascinating read for all animal lovers and an ode to the most humble, reliable and dedicated member of our families. -Belinda

The Hotel on Place Vendôme by Tilar J. Mazzeo:

Mazzeo’s unique mixture of gossipy non-fiction with historical research is more for the historically interested than the historian. Painting a picture of intrigue and scandal surrounding the guests and patrons of the Hotel Ritz in Paris during the era of Nazi occupied France, The Hotel on Place Vendôme reads more like a soap opera than a history book. From Coco Chanel’s jewel encrusted gas mask being carried by her servants on a satin cushion, to the assassination of Hitler being planned across the bar, images of espionage and opulence drive the rich and captivating story of The Hotel on Place Vendôme. -Jack

The Road by Cormac McCarthy:

The intense apocalyptic story line combined with McCarthy unique writing style creates the most unpredictable and well written novels I’ve ever read. It’s quite a sophisticated text about a father and son taking on a troubled new world, together. This text is 5 star quality with lots of hidden meaning, I would highly recommend to mature readers! -Carter

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas:

The deadly Celaena Sardothien is offered a chance to win back her freedom on one condition: she must compete to become the King's champion.
But what other evil does she stumble across in the King's castle? Get lost in a world of fantasy extravaganza full of love, action and betrayal. - Alyssa

The Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn:

The tale of a son left orphaned, with a murderous uncle intent on taking the family land. Boy turned warrior, turned sorcerer, Shikanoko grows through his own skills and societal traditions to become one of the most powerful men in the nation. In a search for the missing child emperor, Shikanoko becomes the centre piece to a host of people lives and they will all meet their end unless Shikanoko can find the emperor and return him to the Lotus Throne.
Prequel to the Tales of the Otari series, the Tales of Shikanoko is a twisting novel that portrays the folklore of Feudal Japan, as well as a compelling narrative that will have you on the edge of your seat. -Daniel

Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis:

This extremely honest memoir is an essential read for Red Hot Chili Peppers fans. Kiedis explores his failures and successes in this no holds barred retelling of his life. Kiedis has had an adventurous life, from overdosing on heroin to meeting the Dalai Lama. -Remy

Noose by Xavier Duff:

A very interesting read on a part of Australia’s history that is not often talked about. Featuring about a dozen different stories of those who were sentenced to the gallows and how they got there, the author also challenges whether all of these people were actually guilty of their crimes and did they actually deserve to hang? Ranging from the first man hanged in 1788 to the last in 1967 this book gives a great overview of capital punishment and how it largely controversial yet had not power in deterring those from committing their crimes. - Amorette

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